Angel Express | September 2017

Dear Parents,

After the flurry of busyness these first few weeks of school, we are leveling-out and sailing along. Let’s hope the sailing ahead is smooth!

I’ll be sending out an Angel Express every few weeks to keep you on top of school happenings. Here’s the latest:

Back-To-School Night

There are two evenings for Back-to-School Night. The first evening is for parents of students in grades TK – 5 and the second evening is for parents of students in grades 6 – 8. Both evenings begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the church building. The dates are the following:

Wednesday, September 13th – Grades TK – 5
Thursday, September 14th – Grades 6 – 8

Looking forward to seeing all of our parents at Back-to-School Night!

The 19th Annual Fun Run

The 19th Annual Fun Run will be held on October 27th. Our kindergarten teacher, Ms. Klute, thought of the theme “Go for the Gold” and students have been encouraged to draw a picture of the theme. The entire student body will then vote on a design and its image will be put on our Fun Run t-shirts. Additionally, students are encouraged to get pledges for their Fun Run laps from family members and friends. More information on this is forthcoming.

Finally, thank you to our Fun Run Chairperson, Mrs. Sharon Romesser, for making this event happen. If you’re interested in volunteering for the Fun Run, please contact Sharon at sharon.romesser@stlm.org.

The 39th Annual Msgr. Michael Lenihan Memorial Golf Tournament

Calling golfers of all levels to sign up for the SLM Golf Tournament to be held on Friday, October 6th, 2017, at Los Verdes Golf Course. This year’s golf tournament chairs are SLM parents, Brian Albano and Phil Banfield. The golf committee has, for several years, raised lots of money for the school and we are grateful for their efforts. Please support the school and use this link to sign up or to get more information: http://www.slmgolftournament.com/

Volunteers

There are many ways to make up the required 40 parent service hours. There are fundraisers, such as the Fun Run and the Mariner Main Event that need volunteers and the school programs need Art docents, library docents, carpool supervisors, playground supervisors, etc. The quickest way to sign up is to log onto School Speak and enter your name under the area that you wish to volunteer. The link to the volunteer calendar is located on the left hand side of the page; scroll down to ‘Volunteer Calendar’, click and sign up. A chairperson or school rep will contact you with more details.

VIRTUS Certification And Fingerprinting For Volunteers

All volunteers must be VIRTUS certified. Additionally, any volunteer, such as a sports coach, who will be working without a chairperson coordinator or an SLM staff member, must be fingerprinted. St. Lawrence Martyr is conducting a VIRTUS certification session and St. James VIRTUS certification and fingerprinting sessions on the following days and times:

  • Protecting God’s Children for Adults (Original Class) from 6-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27 th in the St. Patrick and Francis rooms. Contact the parish center at 310-540-0329 to sign up.
  • Keeping the Promise Alive (Recertification) - Tuesday, September 19, 6-7:30 PM in Kavanagh Hall. Call 310-372-5228 to register.
  • Protecting God’s Children (Original Class) - Saturday, September 30, 12-3PM in Kavanagh Hall. Call 310-372-5228 to register.
  • Fingerprinting: September 14 and September 26, both 12:00PM - 7:20PM at the school (O’Gorman Center) 4625 Garnet St. Call 310-371- 0416 to register.

Yum Club

Our new vendor for hot lunches is Yum Club. You may sign up to order lunches at this site: https://yumclub.boonli.com/login. Please know that families must order lunches by 2 p.m. the day prior to the date of receipt. Parents may also choose to have their child bring a lunch from home. If any issues arise with Yum Club, families must contact Yum Club directly and not St. Lawrence Martyr School. Thank you!

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Meetings

PTO meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the school library. All parents are welcome (but not required) to attend. The next meeting is on October 10th.

Friday Mass

Students in grades 1 – 8 attend Mass each Friday from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Parents and other family members are welcome to join us. Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students attend Mass on the first Fridays of each month.

Communications To The School

At present, most emails from parents come directly to me and while I enjoy communicating with our parent body, time does not permit me to respond as quickly as I’d like. Therefore, in the interest of time, please use the following directory of concerns and the contact person listed for a direct and much quicker response. Thank you! 

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More On Communication

In the spirit of charity, when communicating from parent to school or school to parent, it is our wish to assume that the best, most positive intentions between both parties are being made. There is not one among us who does not wish the best for the students and for each other. The missives shared or meeting discussions should be of graciousness toward one another, sharing points of view, and coming to a greater understanding of each other’s concerns.

In addition, it is important to keep information confidential. If you must share, it is our hope that your concern will be contained within the confines of family members (spouse, preferably, not children) and then directed to the source, i.e., teacher, athletic director, principal, etc. Otherwise what may be cause for little to no concern can often times transform into out of control rumors which may damage a teacher or other school member's reputation, as well as the reputation of the school itself.

Thank you for noting the responsible parties above. Please know that Mrs. Wynne and I understand very well the concerns parents have for their children and are here to speak with you should the need arise.

Sunday Gospel Reading Reflection

Matthew 18:21-35 (click here for the reading: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/091717.cfm

This coming Sunday’s gospel reading is about forgiveness. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone behaves poorly. God knows this, yet forgives us over and over again. In this reading the king’s actions represent the benevolence and compassion of God. He forgives the servant’s debt. However, the servant does not show the same compassion to the one who has an outstanding debt to him.

The servant's unforgiving heart speaks of our own human frailty.  What keeps us from moving beyond our anger, weakness, ego and pain to be moved to forgive those who have wronged us?  It is the humble heart that can love unconditionally…that can forgive even under the most difficult of circumstances. Jesus’ last words on the cross are the greatest example: “Forgive them for they know not what they do” ~ Luke 23:34.  We are called to emulate our lord and show compassion and mercy to all we encounter.  Difficult it is, but what would our world be without forgiveness?

May your week be blessed. May we continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the U.S. who have been affected by the hurricanes and in Mexico by the earthquake. May we remember all those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. May God show mercy on us all and may our hearts continue to be open to the grace and love of Christ Jesus.

Blessings,
Mrs. Diane Kaiser